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Concord weighs incentives for FlyRight flight simulator
CONCORD, N.C. -- City council members will consider giving an economic development incentive grant to FlyRight, Inc., for the expansion of its flight simulator and training facility in Concord. Hickory Record
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Is U.S. energy independence realistic?
After President Richard Nixon declared in 1973 that the nation’s goal should be “to meet our own energy needs without depending on any foreign sources,” he was echoed by president after president. Fuel Fix
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Eagle Ford Shale boosts growth at Texas ports
SAN ANTONIO – Laredo’s land port, Corpus Christi’s sea port and Port San Antonio – all already in expansion mode – have a chance to snare additional business and partner up in a regional marketing effort, thanks to production in the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas fields. Fuel Fix
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NC military towns brace for budget hit
North Carolina is home to several military bases, so the economies of the state and the towns surrounding those bases are likely to feel pain from the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts tied to sequestration. Charlotte Business Journal
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Travel + Leisure: Savannah has most charming accents, Atlanta is No. 15
Travel and Leisure magazine’s March edition includes its annual list of U.S. cities with the most charming accents, as ranked by readers. The 2013 list has Savannah, Ga., at No. 1, while Atlanta lands at No. 15. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Rand Paul will be a major player in 2016



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Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education
Let’s turn to the assault on education, one element of the general elite reaction to the civilizing effect of the ‘60s. On the right side of the political spectrum, one striking illustration is an influential memorandum written by Lewis Powell, a corporate lawyer working for the tobacco industry, later appointed to the Supreme Court by Richard Nixon. At the other end of the narrow spectrum, there was an important study by the Trilateral Commission, liberal internationalists from the three major state capitalist industrial systems: the US, Europe and Japan. Both provide good insight into why the assault targets the educational system. Alternet
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Changing How Texans Pay for Power
Texans can add one more item to the list of reasons to love the state: It has the best market for electricity. Anywhere.. At least, according to Donna Nelson. She’s chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission. “It’s arguably the most successful in the world,” Nelson told attendees at the IHS energy conference in Houston. State Impact
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Tax Breaks for Texas Country Clubs Under Fire
Rodney Ellis will be the first to tell you what a lovely time one can have on the links of the exclusive River Oaks Country Club in Houston. “I have a lot of good friends who are members there, have had the benefit of being able to play once or twice, would like to get invited again, may not get invited the day you run this story,” Ellis told StateImpact. Why would he fear becoming persona non grata at the club? Because what Ellis is proposing might cost the club and others like it millions of dollars. “They are the largest beneficiary of this tax break.” State Impact
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Less energy for greater Chattanooga area economy
As home of America's biggest government utility and the birthplace of the peaceful use of the atom, East Tennessee has long had a love affair with nuclear power and the jobs and energy it has brought to the region. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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